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Teacher retirements, enrollment drop affect Kanawha schools budget
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette

The lowest student enrollment in at least two decades and the continuing retirement of experienced teachers will drop state funding for Kanawha County’...


W.Va.’s drop in ALEC report cited in tax reform push
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette

Launching the inaugural meeting of a new legislative interim committee on tax reform Monday, Senate President Bill Cole, R-Mercer, cited the American Legislative...


Amended science standards called ‘progress,’ but criticism remains
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette

Some groups that denounced now-rejected changes to West Virginia’s upcoming K-12 science standards regarding global warming are disappointed in new modifications but view them as less harmful than the previous version.

“It still represents progress, as far as we’re concerned,” said Glenn Branch, deputy director of the National Center for Science...


Additional monitoring recommended for Logan, Wayne County schools
By Samuel Speciale, The Charleston Daily Mail

The state’s education audits department is recommending additional oversight of two school districts after on-site reviews found various policy violations that “impede a thorough and efficient system of schools.”

The agency, a division of the West Virginia Department of Education that conducts on-site reviews of schools in every county, visited...


PEIA pushes harder on wellness
Hoppy's Commentary | Hoppy Kercheval, WV MetroNews

The health insurance program for West Virginia’s public employees is a necessary but expensive proposition. The Public Employees Insurance Agency projects expenses of over $1 billion annually for its nearly 220,000 members.

PEIA is continually trying to find ways to hold down costs, and thus keep premiums for the state and local government employees and the employer (...